Surely, these are the most common mistakes that one does in the kitchen. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional in the kitchen, sometimes you overlook things and it’s only natural. It can happen because you’re pressured by time, or because you’re too lazy, or you’re working in a new kitchen. Nobody is perfect but with practice, these mistakes can be avoided.
1. You don’t read the recipe: this can lead to epic failure. We know, you are so excited about cooking, that you don’t have the patience to read through the whole recipe, thus not taking into consideration that not all of them are described in the right order.
Tip: make this your ritual – never start anything in the kitchen, unless you read the whole recipe first!
2. You use the same cutting board for everything: you might say that one little cutting board is enough for your apples and for your chicken. But no, it’s not. The small one always look nice, but it’s safe and even more efficient to use appropriate sized cutting boards.
Tip: Give yourself enough room to work. You will see how comfortable it feels when you have space to cut and slice.
3. Cold pans and cold oven: we’ve all done this at least once. We are so impatient to start and we put the ingredients in the pan/oven right away. Food is not supposed to touch a cold pan.
Tip: unless the recipe says otherwise, always heat the pan/oven before you put oil or any other food in it. This will prevent the food from sticking to it, plus all the moisture will be released. How will you know when the pan is ready to be used? Just place your hand above it and you will feel the heat.
4. You use the wrong knife. This happens when you don’t want to invest in your kitchen or when you don’t have too much storage space. You think the solution is to have one universal knife. But guess what, just like with the cutting boards, knives come in different shapes and sizes. Using the right knife will be more efficient and not mention safer!
Tip: use a Chef’s knife when you work with meat or when you slice vegetables. Use a serrated knife for bread and a paring knife when you work with small pieces of food.
5. You don’t taste food while it’s cooking: so you will end up with something too much or too little seasoned.
Tip: taste the food as you cook, add seasonings and spices on the way, taste over and over again and add whatever is necessary.